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on this saturday night, firefight. the intense battle as thousands of homes are threatened by a massively growing wildfire. we're on the front lines. >> city on edge. living in fear in phoenix as authorities hunt for the shooters firing at cars on a freeway. to the streets. tens of thousands march in a show of support for refugees and migrants in europe as a human wave continues to swell. speaking out. our interview with the former tennis star who mistakenly found himself on the wrong side of the law. and story time. in our digital age, could this be the library of the future? "nightly news" begins now.
from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news". reporting tonight, erica hill. good evening. a 100-square-mile inferno east of sacramento is growing the an alarming rate tonight. the flames engulfing this home are part of that glaze. the butte fire is one of a dozen large wild fires burning right now in california. it is swifting moving over steep terrain, adding to the challenge for firefighters. more than 6,000 homes are threatened tonight. multiple towns evacuated as some 3,300 fire personnel do everything they can to prevent another home from going up in flames. nbc's gadi schwartz is near the front lines for us tonight. gadi, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, erica. we have been hearing fire crews over the radio, calling for backup any time flames get too close to the
flames. it is not trying to stop the fire but trying to divert it away. in a fire like this, crews have to move fast. they have been called in to protect this house on a hill surrounded by flames. all around the outskirts of the so-called butte fire, player ups threaten homes. firefighters use every resource possible. if they're not spraying water, they're using bulldozers. if they aren't using bulldozers, they're using their hands. this is structure protection. it's basically building lines all the way around these houses, monitoring them. when they need to, they put water on them. for the most part, it is cutting the ground with their bare hands. >> reporter: when the fire catches the tops of trees, there's no stopping the flames from the ground. the firenados are what residents around the towns fear. >> horrible, scared. scared. >> it just changes too
quickly. >> there's no control over it. it's going whichever way it wants. >> we built the house ourselves 20 years ago. and i just hope it's there when we get back. >> reporter: farther south near fresno, california's largest at 128,000 acres burning now for nearly a month and a half. both fires leaving behind more scorched earth every day in a fire season that is far from over. now, fortunately that home that you saw being defended in our story is still standing. others here at the butte fire, as you can see behind me, have been completely destroyed. so far we are told 15 structures are confirmed that have burned down. we are expecting that number to grow. erica. >> gadi schwartz for us tonight. gadi, thank you. we turn now to the series of highway shootings in arizona where police say say person of interest is not a suspect tonight after several hours of questioning. almost a dozen vehicles were shot at the last two weeks.
investigators say they believe multiple shooters are targeting innocent drivers. miguel almaguer is in phoenix again tonight. >> reporter: erica, i-10 will be swamped tonight. they are heading to two major professional sporting events this weekend. with nobody in custody, many are wondering just how safe this interstate really is. today near interstate 10 in phoenix -- >> possible shots fired. >> reporter: police scramble to more injure calls. >> i did see on the glass. >> reporter: all false alarms. friday, investigators appeared to have their big break. the driver of this suv, a teenager labeled a person of interest, taken into custody. but today police say he's not a suspect. >> all we can say is keep the tips coming in. make sure you're doing your best to keep vigilant. >> reporter: with no arrests in this case, there isn't just fear on the freeway. there's frustration. >> taking the side streets doubles the
time it takes to get a job. >> reporter: thomas runs a garage repair business. i-10 is his life line. now he's asking his employees to stay off the interstate. >> the fact is they all have families. we just don't want them to take chances. >> reporter: tonight federal agents and local police are meeting in this situation room, analyzing hundreds of traffic cameras, but no solid leads. >> it could go on for months. you know, historically cases like this have been closed by the public's help. >> reporter: in two weeks, there's been a dozen confirmed shootings on i-10. bullets lodged in seats, shattering windows in passenger cars, truck, and semis. trucker robert newman is worried he will be next in the cross-hairs. worried he could lose his life doing his job. >> i don't know what i'm going to do if i have people pulling out guns and shooting
at me too. >> reporter: they will only positively confirm the cases and link them if they find bullet casings. there are multiple gunmen. one using a pellet gun, one a handgun. they don't believe either will stop until an arrest is made. >> scary stuff, miguel. thank you. overseas, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of london to support migrants trying to get a foot hold in europe. the migrants have been streaming into europe for weeks now. britain will accept 20,000 syrian refugees over the next five years. while several nations have offered to take in refugees this week, one country at the center of the story has made it clear it wants nothing to do with the migrants at its borders. hostility was once again on display today in hungary. we get more tonight from our chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: the world's most desperate continue to flow into hungary, hoping for
safe passage to countries further north. instead, they are forced on to buses, headed for registration centers. families are often separated. parents terrified that registration will lead to detention and lost children. still, they keep coming by the thousands. refugees from war zones, migrants, poor countries. this woman tried to slip into the border fence with serbia. as of next week, they could be arrested or shot with rubber bullets for this. the hungarian government is already taking a hard line. now it is upping the is a nte. the prime minister announced a new set of emergency powers, including permission to use live ammunition against anyone threatening security by entering this country illegally. the new rules are expected to come into force when this 100-mile-long fence is
is completed. soldiers, construction workers, even prison inmates have been working around the clock. once this fence is finished, is and there are still gaps like this one, the plan is for hungary to deploy troops and police all along it. and anyone caught trying to sneak through will not be treated as a refugee but a criminal. hungary says it is simply overwhelmed by the endless flow of refugees and migrants, as many as 7,000 a day. it is refusing some offers of help from international agencies. >> they are coming along. we are hoping to be able to do more. but it is a challenge. >> reporter: the real fear is if hungary does manage to seal the border, the pressure on the other side in serbia will turn explosive. richard engel, nbc news, hungary. back in this country, a big day in college football and a big opportunity for some of the republican presidential
candidates. nbc's katy tur was following them in iowa today. >> reporter: storming iowa. marco rubio, rand paul and scott walker tailgating at the super bowl of iowa college football. iowa versus iowa state. the three tried to gain yards in the hawk eye state and take down front-runner donald trump. >> we're going to win in iowa. >> reporter: despite calls pledged, trump's widening his margin, gaining ground in the polls and here with the crowd. >> trump, trump, trump! >> reporter: claiming not to be a politician but straddling the fence with the rest of them at a rally earlier in the day. >> if you don't mind, i'm not going to pick one. >> reporter: the on-field rivalry. >> if anybody will
land a clean blow on wednesday, it will be carlie fear rhee that. >> she was ready herself to blitz. >> i think donald trump is an entertainer. and i think i am a leader. >> reporter: all while ben carson revelled in his new found attention. >> i'll be center stage this time so it will be more difficult for them to ignore me. >> reporter: with rick perrey dropping out, the field is down to 16. still a crowd. as summer comes to a close, the candidates are to buckle down. all eyes on the end zone. erica, for the first time republican party leaders acknowledged, yes, donald trump, could be the republican nominee. they say once again if anybody is going to take them down a notch right now it will be
carlie fiorina. >> much more on the campaign tomorrow on "meet the press" when bernie sanders will be among chuck todd's guests. we have a follow-up on a story we told you about earlier this summer. it's about the battle over the right toll die in california. late yesterday, the state legislature gave final approval to a bill that would permit doctors to help terminally ill patients and their lives. among its biggest supporters was a a lawyer suffering from lung cancer. the bill now goes to governor jerry brown. if he signs it, california would be the fifth state to allow physician-assisted suicide. former tennis star tackled and arrested mistakenly by a police officer earlier this week had more to say about that experience today. james blake spoke with nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: for former tennis star james blake watching the video is still difficult. >> i didn't realize it
until i hit the ground this wasn't a friendly encounter. the first words out of my mouth were i'm 100% cooperating. he said put your face down, turn over examine put your hands behind your back. >> reporter: he was outside a hand mat tan hotel wednesday when i was taken down hard. >> i don't know what a normal linebacker tackle would be. but i would bet there are nfl guys who are pretty proud of him. >> reporter: he was handcuffed 10 minutes before they realized they had the wrong guy. >> it is infuriating to know i was in such a vulnerable position and taken advantage of by the nypd badge and in my opinion tarnishes the badge. >> reporter: he was already pending two excessive force suits. >> it was completely unnecessary. whether i was a criminal or mott. whether i was the person they were looking for. i don't think the
person they were looking for didn't deserve to be treated the way i was treated. >> reporter: both new york mayor and the police commissioner william bratton have personally apologized. is that enough? >> no. i appreciate it. it's a nice gesture >> reporter: the city has already invested $29 million to retrain service members when dealing with the community. they are willing to meet with blake if that's what it takes to make a difference. >> this happened to me. it could happen to anyone. we can't let that keep happening. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, tracking down undocumented immigrants. why authorities are increasingly turning to riski raids. later, competition to riski raids. later, competition on the look, to riski raids. later, competition on the the wolf was huffing and puffing. like you do sometimes, grandpa? well, when you have copd, it can be hard to breathe. it can be hard to get air out,
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an issue especially tense in california, as we hear from nbc's mark potter. >> reporter: at dawn, a team of agents from u.s. immigration and customs enforcement, known as i.c.e., is on the streets in riverside, california, tracking an alleged gang member in the u.s. illegally. he's facing a weapons charge and was recently released on bond. i.c.e. asked a local jail to release him to country for deportation, but they refused. so i.c.e. had to arrest him in a manhunt. >> take custody of the person when they're in jail. behind the jail doors where he has no weapons. >> reporter: they would routinely ask jails to detain them two extra days so i.c.e. could pick them up. hundreds of jails began refusing
thousands of i.c.e. arrests, anticipating lawsuits. >> the biggest concern is the liability that it brings with these programs. >> reporter: to help address this problem, i.c.e. is offering a compromise plan, asking police departments and jails is around the country to simply notify them before an inmate wanted for deportation is to be released. i.c.e. says its focus is on deporting repeat offenders and felons. two california women were killed over the summer. still, many authorities don't like the new i.c.e. notification plan. some fearing it will erode support for police in immigrant communities. >> this lack of trust, lack of cooperation has been building for years. >> reporter: recently immigrants protests, a simmering balance between finding the balance between
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